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Martin Laroche (1814-86)

'Richard 2nd, Act I, Scene I'; Charles Kean (1811-68) as Richard II 1857

Albumen print | 7.3 x 6.0 cm (whole object) | RCIN 2800796

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Photograph of a full length portrait of actor Charles Kean (1811-68) in costume as Richard II in Act 1, Scene 1. Kean is seated on a throne, facing the camera front on. He wears a crown, dark colour, patterned robe and fur lined cloak and holds a sceptre. He is seated in front of a striped banner, featuring Richard II's coat of arms.

This photograph documents Kean's production of Richard II by William Shakespeare (1564-1616), with Kean in the title role. The production was shown at Princess's Theatre, London, where Kean presented many adaptations of Shakespeare's plays. The plays were distinguished for their elaborate scenery and attention to detail that included historically authentic costumes and music. Queen Victoria saw Kean's production of Richard II five times (Royal Archives reference VIC/MAIN/Z/115). A hand coloured set of photographs of this production by the photographer Laroche were presented to Queen Victoria by Prince Albert for Christmas 1857. 

  • Creator(s)

    Martin Laroche (1814-86) (photographer)

    Charles John Kean (1811-68)
  • 7.3 x 6.0 cm (whole object)

  • From an album of photographs collected and arranged by Prince Albert

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